Good Night

Acquainted with the Night: Excursions Through the World After Dark
by Christopher Dewdney
Bloomsbury, 2004
(313 pages, $24.95, hardcover)

At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past
by A. Roger Ekirch
W. W. Norton, 2005
(447 pages, $25.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Russell D. Moore

I could never “say my prayers” kneeling by a bedside. I always found it easier to pray while walking along, looking upward at the starry expanse, hearing nothing but a whippoorwill in the pine tree above me and the distant sound of an interstate highway miles and miles away.

I miss the night, now that I live in a nicely manicured subdivision with easy access to the grocery store, lots of neighbors, . . .

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Russell D. Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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